You met our beautiful amber-eyed boy about 3 years ago at 2 meet ups.
Several years before that, in 2008, I reached out to you and you helped me cope during the loss of
our first beagle, Kayla. She did not make it to a meet up.
Rufus was not very social at the
meet ups and perimeter-surfed in Mississauga looking for an escape. He always hated confinement and certain dogs triggered
a negative response in him especially on leash.
Rufus was a TAS North rescue. He had been
there for 7 months before he came home. He was estimated at 6 or 7 years of age.
Rufus had GI issues
(likely kidney disease) which we managed with homecooking.
We clicker trained him with
ground beef and he learned to do things without food reward.
Rufus was SMART, gentle, loving.
He wore his heart on his “sleeve”
It took time (almost one year to wag his
tail and earn trust) but when it happened, the angels sang in heaven.
Rufus was a brat
and we loved him for it.
He was also respectful. Always.
our beautiful amber-eyed boy, was with us for 3 years.
Then in April of this year, after his routine physical
revealed an infection in bladder/kidneys, things started to spiral out of control.
Within 10 days,
he was in rough shape. Cancer diagnosis. Turned out to be tonsilar cancer and it had spread.
surgeries. He could never get one paw forward after those. Always 2 back.
His prognosis was
supposed to be good but Rufus could not tolerate cancer meds or antibiotics. His body could not cope or recover.
were told if not kidney disease then cancer would eventually find him.
It was the cancer
in the end. No amount of $ or praying or diet or holistics could help.
Our boy who changed our world...well, we had to let him go. To be at peace and rest eternal.
absence is profound.
If it was not
for Rufus, B would not be here. (B is our Treeing Walker Coonhound rescue from Gentle Jake’s)
had separation anxiety and when we were on our walks, he always pulled and gravitated to hounds. Always hounds. You could
feel him relax and enjoy with hounds.
We knew he needed a hound in his life. Female, stable,
slightly younger and good with dogs.
And there was B.
did wonders for him and protected him like a mama during his last 3 months. Mama B.
did wonders for B too. Especially her confidence in facing the world outside, meeting people and getting past so many of her
fears. It was all Rufus.
Rufus was and is our beloved.
love hounds and we love beagles.
We would be honoured on his behalf if you paid tribute
Thank you Marna for all you do, for the beagles who cannot speak . You are their champion.
thank you for thinking of our family.
made a donation to the homeless howlers in Rufus’ memory. Paying it forward. So that good may continue to happen,
to the hounds that Rufus loved (and us too, once bitten...)
Damion Saliani, Irene Kozyrakis and Queen B